Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2022):
Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 11, 2021)
Here are some of the reasons why BIOVECTRA was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2022):
- BIOVECTRA offers a range of financial benefits, from year-end bonuses to a defined contribution pension plan, to referral bonuses for employees who recruit candidates from their personal networks (to $1,000)
- As part of the organization's health plan, BIOVECTRA employees receive a health spending account of up to $400 per year as well as a separate wellness spending account of up to $250 per year -- and unlimited coverage for mental health practitioners
- BIOVECTRA recently introduced maternity leave top-up for new mothers (to 85 per cent of salary for up to 15 weeks) as well as parental leave top-up for fathers and adoptive parents (to 85 per cent of salary for up to 5 weeks)
A caring culture puts people first at BIOVECTRA
After Adam MacDonald graduated from high school in the tiny town of Souris, P.E.I., he got a job as a chemical process operator at BIOVECTRA in Charlottetown, where his brother-in-law worked. Nineteen years and several promotions later, he’s grateful for the opportunities the company has offered him.
A leading pharmaceutical and biotech CDMO (contract development and manufacturing organization), BIOVECTRA has five state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. It provides comprehensive services, from producing active pharmaceutical ingredients to drug development and manufacturing, to other pharmaceutical companies on a contract basis.
“I started out washing buckets and dishes used in the processing of fine chemicals,” says MacDonald, now a manufacturing manager overseeing a team of 32. “As I became more competent, I was mentored by very good people and given more responsibility, which is gratifying. My goal has always been to get to that next step.”
Working his way up through such roles as equipment trainer, chemical technician and manufacturing shift supervisor, today MacDonald often finds himself surrounded by co-workers with PhDs. “When I’m in a boardroom with engineers and chemists, I could easily be dismissed because I just have a high-school education, but I feel very much respected and listened to.”
That’s the kind of corporate culture CEO Oliver Technow strives to foster – one of caring, respect and professionalism. “In many places, people often mistake education for intelligence,” he says. “But while formal education is important, it isn’t everything, and it means nothing if you aren’t caring for each other.”
Technow’s ability to care for his more than 500 employees was put to the test as COVID-19 hit, when he flew into Halifax from his home base in New York State on March 7, 2020. “All hell broke loose the next day, and I spent five months in Charlottetown. There was a lot of anxiety and concern among our people, and it never crossed my mind to leave.”
It was the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives that motivated Technow to join BIOVECTRA in 2015. “I really am committed to the value of care – for each other, for our clients and patients, and for the community. It gives me a lot of purpose and pride.”
Technow is also proud that during the pandemic, BIOVECTRA hired more than 150 people from around the world – some are working remotely, while others are based at the facilities. Because the company competes on a global scale, it strives to recruit people with different backgrounds, cultures and personalities.
“We’ve shaped a really great culture of people,” says Technow. “There’s a relentless problem-solving mentality here I’ve never seen anywhere else. Everyone is so focused on getting things done together.”
MacDonald also values the increased workplace diversity, and he’s grateful when a thoughtful co-worker leaves a cookie or a treat from another culture on his desk for him to try. “The change in demographics has become more worldly, which makes for an interesting mix and a stronger company,” he says.
Now that his management role is more administrative, MacDonald enjoys the days when he’s out on the facilities’ floors checking in with his team and pushing buttons on the automated machines (processes were more manual when he started). But one particular group of people is never far from his thoughts.
“We think about patients all the time,” says MacDonald. “We ask ourselves, would we want our mother, sister or son to take that pill? Is the work we’re doing what’s best for them? That’s what gives us a real sense of accomplishment.”